Are authoritarians gaining ground globally? (Hint: It's complicated.)

March 11, 2016

Are authoritarians gaining ground globally? (Hint: It's complicated.)

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March 11, 2016

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A woman shouts slogans during a demostration in Istanbul against the murder of a young woman named Özgecan Aslan.

A woman shouts slogans during a demostration in Istanbul against the murder of a young woman named Özgecan Aslan.

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Is global democracy in trouble? Or does it just feel like it?

Crackdowns, coups, the reversal of most of the Arab Spring, the rise of ISIS, a harder edge in authoritarian states and erosion of civil rights in democracies — is the world entering a new era where authoritarian tendencies win out? Not so fast. Here, with a little perspective, and an argument for the resilience of democracies (to a point) are Steven Levitsky, a professor of government at Harvard, and Bill Hurst, a Northwestern University associate professor of political science.

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